We stayed at the Alchymist for two nights to celebrate my husband's birthday. Check In was extremely friendly and efficient and we were offered hot mulled wine as soon as we came in from the cold which was a lovely touch. I was delighted to find that the hotel was as beautiful inside as was depicted on the website.
We were immediately shown to our room which was called a Deluxe and really was! We had a beautiful four poster bed and the room was of a good size with plenty of storage. The ceiling showed the original timbers and the view from the window was down onto the narrow cobbled street below. The bathroom was also generous in size with all of the usual things plus full size bath, shower and bidet. My one single complaint, if I were to be really picky, would be that it was quite noisy above us at various points in the day - presumably because of the wooden floor, hence the lower score for sleep quality.
We dined in the Aquarius Restaurant within the hotel which was a really beautiful setting, as were all areas within the hotel. We both opted for Czech specialities which were wonderful, as was the Czech red wine. The service was faultless and we felt that they very much deserved the £120+ proce tag. As this was a special occasion we were happy with the cost, but wouldn't dine there every night if we stayed longer. The Reception staff are more than happy to recommend other restaurants nearby, as well as giving useful information, directions and booking Theatre or Concert tickets for you.
Breakfast was also excellent although we weren't sure if we were meant to help ourselves to some things or everything as the staff were either all available and served tea, coffee, the hot breakfast items etc to your table. of they all vanished at the same time! The selection available really was excellent with many items being home made.
The Spa had a wonderful ambience and it's use was included in the price. The pool temperature was reported to be 28 degrees, but it didn't feel that warm so we only had a very quick dip and went for a Sauna to warm up! The Sauna is tiny, so don't expect a massive cabin and the Steam Room could only fit two people in it. It was rather unfortunately located through the Gents changing area which was very odd and meant that my husband had to go in and out first to ensure I didn't get a nasty surprise! The signage wasn't great so we did wander around a bit looking where to go when we arrived as the Reception desk was through the Spa, not at the Entrance to it. We did have a nice relax on the loungers in the relaxation area listening to the chill out music, but did feel that there could be some improvements made just to make things a bit clearer. We didn't have any treatments, but there appeared to be a good selection which were the same cost as a pricey Spa at home.
The evening Cheese and Wine offered between 5pm and 6pm was a lovely generous touch and it was a shame that we only had time to do this once. It made a great start to the evening and produced a nice social atmosphere amongst the guests (omitting those who were there to get as much of what was on offer as they could and be as loud as you like!).
The stay was really made by the staff for us and they are a credit to the hotel. If you are looking for a romantic luxury escape in a beautiful city with personal service, I highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa represents the renaissance of a magnificent Baroque landmark, "Dum u Jeziska" dating from the 16th century and exquisitely transformed with the most modern comforts into a luxury and distinctive hotel that reflects the nobility and charm of historic Prague. If looking for a luxury boutique hotel in the very centre of Prague, the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa is the place to be. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alchymist Grand Hotel Prague
- Alchymist Grand Prague